Whether you drive a brand new vehicle or an older model, you just never know when your battery may die or you may end up for some reason stuck on the side of the road. Caught in the middle of nowhere, with no help in sight can be frustrating. Not only can you waste a lot of time, but towing is expensive. It’s no fun to spend a cold night stranded and unprepared!
Here are 15 items that everyone should keep in their vehicle to avoid these situations entirely, make them safer, or be able to solve the issue on your own.
1. Fully Charged Cell Phone: To help cut down on your chances of being stranded on the side of the road. Even if it is not activated, cell carriers are required by law to complete 911 calls from any phone.
3. Flashlight: Provide light at night to change a spare or jump a car. A Maglite works well as a defense mechanism as well as a light.
4. Roadside Flares: If you are stuck on the side of the road, make certain other drivers will see you!
5. First Aid Kit: Just a basic one will do.
6. Car Manual: To help you identify the issue.
7. Seat Belt Cutter/Window Breaker Emergency Tool Escape: These can be purchased on Amazon for as little as $4.95.
9. Simple Tool Kit: This should contain basic tools plus tire sealant, tire jack, tire pressure gauge, and a lug wrench.
10. Tow Strap: Allows a stranded driver to remain in his car in neutral and be able steer and brake while being towed to safety.
11. Ice Scraper: Only a few dollars and makes clearing the windshield a lot faster and easier.
13. Water And Snack: This can come in handy if you’re stranded for a long period of time, especially out west where help can be a hundred miles away.
14. Folding Shovel: To help dig out of the snow, sand or even a ditch.
15. Hydraulic Bottle Jack: Much simpler and easier to use than the one that came in your vehicle.